Realistic expectations for Titans pass-catchers in 2020
By Brady Akins
2019 Stats: 37 Catches, 47 Targets, 374 Yards, 2 Touchdowns
2020 Prediction: 46 Catches, 61 Targets, 448 Yards, 1 Touchdown
Humphries marks the third straight Titans receiver that I’ve predicted statistical progression for in 2020– but I think there are valid cases to be made for the Tennessee receiving corps producing some good numbers next year, despite their roles in a run-reliant offense.
The same goes for Humphries as for Brown and Davis. But in the case of Humphries, there are two big factors working in his favor that could see the veteran pass-catcher receive a slightly heavier workload in 2020. Both his injury history last year, and the state of the Titans receiver depth chart.
Humphries dealt with an ankle injury through the end of the 2019 season that kept him out of the team’s final four regular-season games, as well as their first two playoff games. But Humphries bounced back in time to play in the AFC Championship Game, and played well enough to put to rest any permanent injury concern.
When Humphries does come back for regular season play in 2020, he’ll be doing so without having to compete for the ball as much. Tajae Sharpe, who finished close behind Humphries last year in targets, receptions, and yards, will no longer be on the roster. But the targets Sharpe amassed have to go somewhere, leaving the door open for someone like Humphries.
While he may never be the player in Tennessee that he was in Tampa Bay (76 catches in his final year as a Buccaneer), Humphries can still be a productive WR3 on a roster without much depth at receiver.